Weigh Loss: Eat More Veggies or Cut Calories?
It’s a common presumption that if people up their fruit and veggie intake, these lower-calorie foods will take the place of higher-calorie fare. But when researchers looked at seven studies lasting between eight and 16 weeks, they found no evidence that this is true. In some of the studies, participants were counseled to eat more fruits and veggies, while in others they were given the fruits and veggies to eat. Either way, the produce had no effect on weight. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber and vitamins and may help prevent cancer and other diseases. But to lose weight you’ll need to cut out excess calories and exercise more.
Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online June 24, 2014